We understand that getting your results is important to you. We know you want them quickly, but it is equally important that we give you the score that correctly reflects your performance.
You can expect your IELTS result to be available 13 calendar days after your test.
IELTS RESULTS ONLINE, PERSONALLY AND BY POST
You’ll be able to preview your results online and collect your certificate.
Your IELTS results (also known as your Test Report Form) will be also posted to you 13 days after the date of the main test day.
You will not be able to obtain your results over the phone, by email or by fax.
TEST REPORT FORMS (TRFS)
Your personal Test Report Form. You will receive one copy of your personal Test Report Form.
THIRD PARTY COLLECTION OF TRF
TRFs are either despatched to candidates or collected by the candidates in person from the test centre.
Candidates can authorise a third party to collect TRF by:
a) Providing the test centre with written authorisation for a third party to collect the TRF, which includes the full name and ID document number of that third party.
b) Having the third party present a copy of the candidate ID used on test day along with a signed authorisation from the candidate. This ID copy must be checked against the candidate test day ID copy available at the test centre from the test.
c) Having the third party present their own original ID document and the test centre should perform a visual ID check, including checking the ID document number against the third party ID document number provided by the candidate.
If you would like to your certificate to be collected by a third party, please let us know by email at: email@example.com
TEST REPORT FORMS FOR INSTITUTIONS
We can also arrange for additional original copies (up to a maximum of five) to be posted to receiving institutions (e.g. universities, immigration officers, etc.). If you would like us to do this, please include the relevant addresses when you register. Institutions need original copies of your Test Report Form. Photocopies of your Test Report Form will not be accepted.
Institutions may be able to view candidates’ scores through the IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) Verification Service. To do this they will need your Test Report Form number which can be found in the bottom right corner of your Test Report Form.
THE VALIDITY PERIOD OF YOUR TEST REPORT FORM
Institutions will not usually accept a Test Report Form that is more than two years old.
UNDERSTAND YOUR IELTS SCORES
IELTS provides results for all levels of English: there is no such thing as a pass or fail. You will be given a score from zero to nine for each part of the test – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
Find out more about how to understand your IELTS scores and the nine band system.
Find out how IELTS scores relate to the Council of Europe’s Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
HOW TO QUERY YOUR SCORE
It is unusual for there to be a mistake in the marking. However, if you believe a mistake has occurred you can apply to our Enquiry on Results Service to have your test re-marked. This must be done within six weeks of the test date. You can choose which sections of the test you want to have re-marked.
If you are not satisfied with your results, you have the option of applying for a re-evaluation of your test. This process is called Enquiry on Results. this is a paid service, the remark fee is GBP 60. Candidates requesting a remark of their results must complete an Enquiry on Results form and submit it, altogether with proof of payment within 6 WEEKS of the test date. The result of the remark is available 8 WEEKS after British Council London receives the materials.
If the remark results is an improvement of the candidate's score, the candidate receives a full refund of the remark fee.
CAN I RE-TAKE THE TEST?
You can take the test as many times as you wish. However, please note that to significantly improve your score it is necessary to undertake further study. IELTS research indicates that scores are unlikely to improve without further English language tuition.